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Environment Bill

Comme annoncé, il y a quelques jours par Kavydass Ramano, le ministre de l’Environnment va présenter en premiere lection son projet de loi qui va remplacer l’Environment Protection Act.

Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of the Environment Bill into the National Assembly. The main object of the Bill is to repeal the Environment Protection Act and replace it with a modern legislative framework with a view to ensuring better environmental protection, management and conservation. The Bill, inter alia, provides for:
(a) the integration and mainstreaming of environmental sustainability in planning and development with a view to achieving sustainable development and the transition to a green and circular economy;
(b) the establishment of an Observatoire de L’Environnement that would act as an interface with stakeholders for the purpose of environmental protection, management and conservation, and evaluation of environmental policies;
(c) the introduction of a mechanism to ensure better management and protection of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) which would facilitate the coordination amongst different institutions, as well as the establishment and updating of an ESA inventory and ESA maps;
(d) the enhancement of transparency of the Preliminary Environmental Report (PER) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) mechanisms, as well as the introduction of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) framework;
(e) the requirement of a completion certificate prior to operating an undertaking, so as to ensure that projects have been effectively implemented in accordance with its PER, EIA or SEA licence or approval;
(f) the establishment of a National Oil Spill Coordination Committee which would ensure a prompt, planned and coordinated response to any current or potential oil spill;
(g) the introduction of a framework for plastic management to achieve the Government’s vision for a plastic-free Mauritius; and
(h) the strengthening of the existing enforcement and compliance mechanisms for a more effective and efficient application of environmental laws, and to provide for tougher penalties.
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